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What is pornography addiction

What is Sexual and Porn Addiction?

Sexual activity provides intense euphoria and pleasure, but true intimacy and genuine emotional connection is lacking


How can regular human behavior become an addiction? It is often a question at what point some form of inherently “normal” human behavior becomes “pathology” in medical terms. In the past 25 years, we have witnessed inconsistency in trying to accurately label and diagnose excessive sexual behavior.


There are many different names for compulsive sexual behavior, such as hypersexuality or sexual addiction. This behavior consists of excessive preoccupation with sexual fantasies, sexual drive or some behaviors which are hard to regulate. Furthermore, this behavior leads to distress and could have a negative impact on your health, relationships with other people or work performance.


This behavior could also include many different enjoyable, sexual experiences. For example, use of pornography, masturbation, frequent switching of sexual partners or cybersex. But, when are these actions called compulsive sexual behavior? Usually it happens when they take over lot of your attention and focus, when are not so easy to control, and somehow harmful to you and/or others. Whatever the name of this behavior is, if it’s untreated – it could negatively influence your self-esteem and health in general. You can learn how to deal with compulsive sexual behavior once you engage in treatment and self-help.


''Sexual addiction is much more complex than just an unusually high sex drive, like some people believe''


Porn addiction is considered the most common type of sexual addiction. We can say it’s an addiction if a person loses self-control over watching pornography. For example, you decide to stop watching it, but still do it and feel guilty about it. Also, many porn addicts engage in more forms of non-intimate sexuality, like webcam sex, anonymous sex, prostitution, exhibition or voyeurism. As opposed to what many people think, porn addicts don’t get involved in the previously mentioned behaviors to have fun. They do it to escape from unpleasant emotions or in order to feel in control of their own emotions – similar to drug, alcohol or gambling addicts.

Similar to other addictions, sexual addiction is also progressive

Recently, sexual addiction has received plenty of attention due to celebrities whose extra-marital affairs were exposed to the public. But not everything is as we see it in public. Sexual addiction is much more complex than just an unusually high sex drive, like some people believe. This type of addiction can manifest in a variety of forms.


The goal of sex addicts is the sexual stimulation which induces craving, just like an alcoholic craves alcohol. They will do a lot to satisfy such a strong need, without thinking about the outcome and consequences of their behavior. Similar to other addictions, sex addiction is also progressive. Even though it often begins as harmless behavior (e.g. excessive masturbation during the consumption of pornography), in many cases this can encourage some very risky and dangerous types of sexual activity.


Sexual activity provides intense euphoria and pleasure, but true intimacy and genuine emotional connection is lacking. However, it’s only a temporary escape. Once the pleasant feeling fades away, the vicious cycle is created and begins all over again. Sexual activity becomes unsatisfying for that person. Unfortunately, it has an essential negative impact on the addict's life, and often leads to unpleasant emotions like shame and self-loathing, which is explained in more details by specialized hypersexual disorder web sites.